Franklin Barbecue: A Meat Smoking Manifesto

I bought a book today with the title of this post. Do you know how often I buy books nowadays? Hardly ever. I just drop them to my Kindle when I purchase them. Most of the time, I look for your posts on the book of choice. Anyway, Aaron Franklin is one of the top celebrities in my house. Of course, we hold people like Myron Mixon in high esteem around here. His cookbook is on my Kindle. Myron Mixon is a genius, because he wants to enable you to cook outdoors in short time periods so you can have delicious outdoor cooked food in less than an hour. I am also held in high esteem here because I can cook just about anything outside, including some chicken I’m about to make.

One reason we hold Aaron Franklin in such high esteem is because he actually delivered. We went to Austin to try his barbecue and it was every bit as good as we had been led to believe. Even the turkey was good, and that’s hard to do. The key here is, Aaron Franklin is also a very nice person. Don’t know how Mr. Mixon is in person but Mr. Franklin is a cool dude and super enthusiastic about his trade. So I wanted to not only find out about great barbecue, but support Mr. Franklin though purchasing that book.

That’s a lesson for you entrepreneurs out there. Be decent to your customers. It pays off. Literally.

Oh, the book? I’m still reading it. One portion mentions Central Texas barbecue. Aaron says in the old days, there really wasn’t any good barbecue in Austin, it was in small towns around the city. This is true, except they are still there. I’ve eaten at Smitty’s Market. Try the sausage. In fact, try the sausage at any of the barbecue palaces in Central Texas. 

I have to admit, one reason I don’t tell my wife about this blog is the fact I’ll stop by a local favorite, Rudy’s and have a link on my way home from work. So don’t you tell her.

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Fantasy Sports = Worse Than Gambling

Fantasy leagues used to be between a group of friends, but fantasy sports have become big business. It’s actually disturbing to some degree because it’s really gambling. Fantasy sports are now bigger than Vegas sports books. Even better yet (for the owning companies), there are larger and larger numbers of losers entering the fantasy sports leagues, losing more and more money to an elite core of winners. As recently cited in the national media, some insiders working for two of the largest fantasy sports websites, DraftKings and FanDuel used statistical data to win large amounts of money playing on the other site. Leaving the rest of you, incited by a blizzard of advertising on TV and radio media, to play with little hope of winning. You are basically That Guy, that person who shows up at a car dealership. You end up with an awesome new car you really had to have, at an interest rate of 8.99% over 96 months, at just a little over MSRP.

You are a sucker.

You still think you can win, even though you don’t have supercomputers and complex algorithms. So you continue to play even though you know you won’t win. By the end, you’ve given away a ton of money. It’s easier than slot machines for the fantasy web sites. The building their mark is operating in isn’t even paid for by the business!

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Stephen A. Smith to Kevin Durant: You Do Not Want to Make An Enemy out of Me (?)

Did you read Awful Announcing’s post discussing Stephen A. Smith’s threat against NBA All-Star Kevin Durant

Seems that Smith said Durant would make the Los Angeles Lakers a strong contender for his services if the superstar chose to leave Oklahoma City, a comment Durant denied forcefully. Durant claimed Smith had talked to no one in his inner circle. 

Smith had a few forceful comments of his own:

But I will say this lastly. You don’t want to make an enemy out of me. And I’m looking right at the camera and I’m going to say it again. You do not want to make an enemy out of me. I’m not having it. I’ve done nothing wrong. And I’m not going to tolerate it.

Are you kidding me? Screaming A., you are a broadcaster. You are a nobody with a microphone!  We at BSP admit Smith was well in advance of national media on LB James going to Miami, but this is an unhinged statement. Who cares what you’re going to tolerate? These are grown men … grown men whom you are relying upon to make a living. It’s not like you have an unreplaceable talent.

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Joe Philbin is Out

Joe Philbin is out as Dolphins head coach.

I believe the man is fortunate, because the Dolphins aren’t very well run from an organizational standpoint. They bring back Ryan Tannehill for $96M, even though he’s only shown signs of becoming a “franchise quarterback” in the eyes of NFL insiders. Sorry but I’m not buying Ryan Tannehill as a leader of any sort. He’s got a hot wife, which seems to have won him some favor from the media. They bring in Suh, a great player for $60M guaranteed, but no great leader. They brought in Mike Wallace for $60M, found out he was a mistake, had a crap attitude and ship him off to Minnesota. If you bring in high profile guys who aren’t leaders, you get implosion when times get tough and that’s what the Dolphins have done. They wouldn’t win with even Big Bill Parcells in charge … in fact, they didn’t.  The Dolphins biggest problem was at offensive line, which their management didn’t work hard enough at rebuilding after the Incognito – Martin nonsense. Tannehill, even though they weren’t going anywhere fast with him, was taking an NFL-style beating behind those turnstiles.

So Joe Philbin, a decent guy (remember him from Hard Knocks?) is out at Miami. Good for him. He gets to watch a lot of football, get some time off from a high pressure job and he will get another shot as HC in the NFL. The firing reflects more upon Miami as a franchise than it does upon him.

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Talk About Home Field Advantage

Did you see the Lions get jobbed at Seattle last night?

The Lions were working on a road win at Seattle. With 1:45 left the Lions advanced the ball to the Seattle 1-yard line, where Calvin Johnson fumbled. Seattle linebacker K.J. Wright batted the ball out of the end zone, which should have been an illegal batting call. The official made a judgement call that it was not a purposeful batting, making it a touchback and Seattle’s ball, instead of Detroit’s ball at the Seattle 1.

Sometimes you have to be better than good enough to win. There are about 20 NFL teams that wouldnt have won that game no matter what, and Detroit is one of them. Remember the game Seattle won against Green Bay when the replacement officials blew a call at the end? It’s the way sports works. It’s the way things work. Seattle though, isn’t in bed with the league like certain other teams.

Of course, the Denver Broncos have a similar home field advantage. In fact, they have the same record over the same time period Seattle does. The only way you’ll beat them at whatever the hell they call that place they play is by giving them a real beat down, and that’s not going to happen. You have to get Denver on the road, which is damn near impossible because the league isn’t going to make them play their rough games on the road. 

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Events in San Antonio I Want to See

In case you haven’t noticed, San Antonio is well off the beaten path. In fact, even here in Texas, we are not among the crossroads of the state. Houston and Dallas have intercontinental airfields, our airport sucks big time. There are three airports with flights to Europe from Texas: Dallas (DFW), Houston (IAH) and Austin. That’s right, British Airways flies to Austin, but not San Antonio, the seventh largest city in the United States.

There are some interesting events here to pass the time, so I’m going to post a few here. I’m doing so because I don’t want to forget them, and miss out on getting tickets:

October 9-10, HCCO Hill Country State Championships (BBQ Cook Off), Lockhart TX. May be an overnight camping opportunity.

November 19-22, 2015: San Antonio International Auto and Truck Show, at the Gonzalez Convention Center

January 1-3, 2016: South Texas RV Supersale, Joe and Harry Freeman Coliseum

January 2, 2016: Alamo Bowl, Alamodome

January 28-31, 2016: San Antonio Boat and Travel Trailer Show, Alamodome

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No RVing this Weekend

Remember I suggested RVing this weekend would be the ultimate solution to the vacation blues?

Unfortunately, there are numerous things I had to do this weekend. Like cutting my grass, which doesn’t look too good after being out of town for almost three weeks. Or going to my grandson’s birthday party, which was delayed because we were cruising.

Anyway, I have another off-day coming up. You know, Columbus Day, or what is it now in the PC world, “Indigenous People’s Day?” I think the appropriate thing to do to celebrate it is, take it and go camping. For some reason, I want to go to Austin. Hold on a minute, what about Big Bend National Park? That would be an interesting trip.


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